No one who lives in the United States today is removed from the coal industry. Composer Julia Wolfe makes that point in the final movement of her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio “ Anthracite Fields ,” listing various everyday activities that require energy — baking a cake, drilling a hole, washing clothes — energy powered, at least in part, by the coal industry.
When Josh Collins first got the letter from Bank of America more than two months ago, he thought it was a scam. The letter wasn’t on the glossy paper typical of what he’d seen during his two decades with the bank. And it asked him some unusual questions, like if he had international accounts.